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"When we act out and dance stories, they become a part of us"

— 2nd grade student, J.J. Flynn Elementary School

“I loved the way we were moving and learning at the same time. It was the perfect way to learn!”

—6th grade student, Georgia Elementary School

Flynn professional teaching artists collaborate with you to address a curricular topic of your choice, engaging your students with activities in drama or movement that bring your topic to life. Workshops are guaranteed to dynamically deepen your students’ connections with history, literature, science, math and more. Whatever the focus, these workshops help your students turn educational content into indelible memories that last.

HOW LONG? Workshops are typically an hour long, but can be lengthened as desired.

HOW MANY STUDENTS? Because of the highly interactive nature of the workshops, participation is limited to 25 students. 

WHAT’S MINIMUM/MAXIMUM NUMBER of WORKSHOPS?: There is a minimum of two workshops per day per teaching artist, and a maximum of 5. Workshops must be scheduled closely together during the school day.

WHAT DIFFERENT WORKSHOP FORMATS ARE AVAILABLE?: Words Come Alive workshops are available as stand-alone events, as a focus of 1-2- week-long residencies, or as an essential component of the full Words Come Alive professional development program.

  • STAND–ALONE WORKSHOPS: Choose from topics listed below or request your own topic.
  • RESIDENCIES: Teaching artists help you address desired curricular topics while building your students’ skill and understanding related to drama or movement, over the course of 1-2 weeks. The residency may end in an informal presentation of student work, if desired.
  • THE FULL PROGRAM: A Flynn teaching artist who specializes in either drama or movement (your choice) partners with you to develop lesson plans for classroom workshops that address educational topics of your choice. Collaborative planning ensures that the work is tailored to your curricular goals and to your skill level and confidence with the art form, as well as the specific needs of your students. The Flynn teaching artist then works with you to implement the workshops in your classroom. As you build skill and confidence with the new teaching techniques, you increase your share of the leadership with the teaching artist, and eventually take over completely, with the teaching artist at your side to observe and reflect, and help you refine the techniques and make them your own.

WHAT’S THE COST? $100 per one-hour workshop plus mileage outside of Chittenden County; $90 per workshop if order 6 or more

WHAT TOPICS ARE AVAILABLE? Below see a sample of available topics that have been addressed through Words Come Alive for students in pre-K-12. Requests for other topics are welcome. Most topics can be addressed through drama and/or movement; the topics marked with * are movement-based only.


  • Picture books currently nominated for the Red Clover Award
  • Novels currently nominated for Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Green Mountain Hero by Edgar N. Jackson
  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • Number of the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding


  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Immigration
  • Holocaust
  • Underground Railroad
  • U.S. Westward Expansion
  • Civil War
  • Revolutionary War
  • Geological History of the Champlain Basin *
  • Samuel de Champlain's confrontation with the Iroquois
  • Early Vermont settlers battling over New Hampshire land grants
  • Ethan Allen's capture of Fort Ticonderoga
  • Benedict Arnold and the Battle of Valcour
  • Building the Champlain Canal *


  • Running for office
  • How Bills are Passed


  • Ecosystems
  • Weather
  • Force in Motion*
  • Water Cycle*
  • Plant Cycles
  • Magnets and Electricity*
  • Human Body


  • From page to stage


  • Geometric Shapes
  • Mathematic Vocabulary
  • Math Story Problems


  • Bullying
  • Peer Pressure
  • Problem-Solving Strategies
  • Substance Abuse

For more information, contact or 802-652-4548 ext. 5 or 6.

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Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
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